Newcastle Players 100% Focused On Beating Nottingham Forest


Chris Hughton has come out today and said his players are concentrating 100% on the tough game at St. James’ Park on Monday night against 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.

Chris Hughton – players are concentrating only on upcoming Forest game

Chris Hughton, who has done a magnificent job in guiding Newcastle to the top of the Championship table, with just 8 games remaining in the league, said today:

“At this particular moment all our issues are very much on winning the next football match which will be a very tough game against a very good side in Nottingham Forest on Monday night and all our focuses are on that,”

“We are 100 per cent focused on that game and getting the result that we want to get in that game and will continue to do so.”  “All we can do is focus very much on Monday’s game and look to get the result that we need to get.”

“I think that we have a big focus here on what we want to achieve this season and that is to get back up into the Premier League at the first go which is the best opportunity we will have and our focus is very much on what is happening on the football pitch.”

It will not be an easy game for Newcastle, as Nottingham Forest completely outplayed WBA at the Hawthorns earlier this year, and were 3-0 up before easing up, but still easily won that game by 3-1.

And that was during a period when WBA were in top form, so Forest can certainly play well, when it matters – and it really matters on Monday night.  So Newcastle will need to be on their guard and Forest cannot be under-rated one little bit.

Hughton will be up against his Nottingham Forest counterpart Billy Davies at St James’ Park, and Davies will no doubt have his players fully ready for the game, so the Newcastle supporters  – and Forest supporters for that matter, who have already snapped all their allocation of tickets for the game – will need their seat belts fastened, for what promises to be one terrific game.

Chris continued:

“At this particular moment there are no frustrations,” “We are a side that at this moment is top of the division although that might change today with West Bromwich Albion playing.”

“I think that what happens over a period of a season is that we have to deal with lots if things. On the football pitch one thing that is always the most important thing is the ability to get points and win football matches fortunately for us we have won more than we have lost.”

“Come the start of the season I don’t think it is unfair to say we were not sure what we would be up against,”  “We had a lot of changes in terms of personnel but I knew that the attitude of the lads would be good and would apply themselves well but where it would take us I wasn’t sure.”

“Am I delighted to be where we are? Am I surprised? More so delighted than surprised.”

WBA had a chance to knock Newcastle off the top of the Championship table this afternoon, but could only draw at the Madejski Stadium 1-1 against a good Reading side, and needed a late equalizer in the 86th minute to even get the point.

So Newcastle are now one point better off than WBA and 10 points better off than Forest, with two games in hand on WBA and one game in hand on Forest.

Newcastle fans can hardly wait until Monday night, because a win will almost guarantee Newcastle an automatic promotion spot, at their very first attempt.

Howay The Lads!!


20 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 27, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #1

    monday seem so far away 🙁

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  • boater

    Mar 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Ta.. Reading. Draws at home are points lost at this stage. Can’t wait for monday noo.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #3

    i want monday night to hurry, do you no we can relegate p’boro next week”” that would be lovely after there over the top celebrations after beating us in the league cup.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I know we have 2 games in hand but I would much rather have points in the bank, Monday will not be a pushover my any means Lads, a potential banana skin, but equally a 6 pointer

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  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5

    ….hard….

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #6

    very quiet on here this eveing chaps.

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 27, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Look at the garbage this slapper is spouting

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/27/steven-taylor-andy-carroll-newcastle?

    I hate it when a decent news site publishes crap. Houghton has handled this episode brilliantly. I can understand the press don’t like him as he gives them nothing to latch onto and bitch about but to say his handling of the carroll/taylor ep shows he is weak is almost defamation

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  • montevideomag

    Mar 27, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Could not agree with you more Charlietoon. Although the entire incident, still not clear yet, is rather unsaviory, most of this article is pure rubbish. Allying one player with another and trying to weaken CH position. CH throughout this entire season has shown himself to be a true leader, motivator and exactly the man we needed. If ST needs to leave Newacastle, then so be it, I still have memories of his play acting on several occasions that make me cringe. Good footballer, but not the be all and end all of everything.

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  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 27, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    hmmmmmm =/

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  • gaz d

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Charlietoon she is a self confessed mackem and obviously trying to stir up a fuss. Large pinch of salt required, nowt to write about at the stadium of plight in the city of death, so she talks shite about us

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  • komfort

    Mar 27, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #11

    montevideomag…are you th e porn stud that sells the meat draw tickets in the dunston excelsior ?

    am sure you is like…..x

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  • Tim

    Mar 28, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #12

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/27/steven-taylor-andy-carroll-newcastle

    I just came across this story about taylor and carrol and it is the biggest piece of bulls**t i have ever read-this is just a blatent attack on us from a journalist who obviously knows very little about the club and who has only read about the story from other newspapers. She is clutching at straws to come up with a story which has no evidence and instead of acknowledging that hughton did the right thing (99% of us would agree) about staying quite over the whole affair, this **** has made it out that CH is incompetant and unworthy of the job. I appreciate this is only one person but it has just angered me that a national newspaper allows its payed journalists to come up with trash like this!!!

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  • boater

    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Tim, Charlie etc.. I read the same thing just now. It’s Lousie Taylor from the guardian – who is a sometimes writer for Love Supreme – the unwashed mag, she is a card carrying, dyed in the wool mackem.

    It’s an article filled with bile and presupposition. No one knows the true story, from a moral point of view the rumours circulating tend to cast taylor in a good light and carroll otherwise, from a footballing perspective, hughton has done exactly the right thing by sticking with his new prodigy. Hell Taylor isn’t even fit, so it wasn’t a case of pledging allegiance one way or another.

    The insinuation that hughton has undermined his noble political campaigning against apartheid is an absolute outrage, and only meant to get our goat to scupper the promotion charge. She is a sunderland witch, and she will get hammered for this article.

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  • Sav

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Its an amazing hatchet job on Hughton who has received elsewhere only praise for his role in dampening-down this incident.
    Either Taylor (Louise, that is) is as Boater says and wore her blancorossi assassin suit while she wrote this, or else she’s been fed a line by the Taylor camp and in stirring it up, Taylor’s dad has ‘previous’. The fact it is in the Guardian should cancel out both possibilities, but obviously it hasn’t. There’s a tidy job done on Nolan (pretender to the captain’s armband?) as well as their common agent and even Shearer is left holding the smoking gun, as the one person conspicuously absent is Taylor snr.
    If the article represents the views of the entire Taylor camp, for me, ST can leave in the morning, but I doubt that, too.
    Interesting to see if any other papers pick up on it, because as an opinion piece, this journo is way out on a limb.

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  • magnus

    Mar 28, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Man of all the tings written about castle the last year this realy offended me. As Sav stated above this is clearly a biased article ( no”unamed” sources close to Hougton or Carrol mentioned). And secondly it has no news worth until Taylor is either sold or has given in his transfer request.

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  • xfer

    Mar 28, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Howay the lads!

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  • Thump

    Mar 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh look! Wheeze Keys Louise is writing less than complimentary things about us yet again!

    It boggles my mind how she is still a journalist for such a respected newspaper such as the Guardian.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 28, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t Louise Taylor who first ‘broke’ the news of CH’s political leanings earlier this season, but she caught up a day or so later.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/20/chris-hughton-newcastle-united-middlesbrough

    A month later she sourced S Taylor exclusively for her next pro-Hughton article. An excellent and oft used tactic – building up a reputation only to knock down when convenient. It also makes ST look like a real pro-Hughton kinda guy.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/17/newcastle-chris-hughton

    Now, a week on from THAT punch, and just as S Taylor seems to be throwing his toys from the cot, his old confidante comes up with this bile which flies in the face of her previous praise of Hughton’s good sense.

    If the re-run of the ‘Taylor wanted by Prem Clubs’ article earlier this week is one way a player’s PR machine works, this is quite another. Most fans agree both ST and AC got this spat badly wrong, and both need sorting out once the football business in hand is settled, but one cannot help think that underlying the text-tension between the two is a whiff of sour grapes over AC’s superlative form this last few months? And how better to destabilise AC than wind him up and watch him go off?

    However, if Plan A backfired, I ask myself is it likely any pro-Hughton player would then call in a favour from press allies that meant destabilising the boss (and club) right on the eve of our biggest game since we lost to Fulham last year? I don’t know, and I hope not, but am I alone in spotting an awful lot of clues pointing in a certain direction?

    On the basis of the responses above it appears not. However, worry not, CH will ride it out. Although LT might not find her inside sources quite so forthcoming after this tawdry bit of poor journalistic judgement.

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  • Sav

    Mar 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #20

    If Taylor’s only got 14 months to run, then the contract negotiations over summer are inevitable. All he needs to say is ‘I wanna go’ and he’ll be sold. Nobody needs this aggravation and finger-pointing except perhaps, the Guardian, the Mail and the Sunday Sun who have had precious little bile to spread over the last 8 months.
    Chris Hughton’s calm and quiet demeanor and policy of giving nothing away is good for the club and bad for the gossips. Is this why the guy is being slandered?

    For the record, here’s my position –

    Steve Taylor is to be lauded for not pressing charges and keeping quiet and I HOPE HE STAYS.
    Andy Carroll is too important to the club and has come on in leaps and bounds (literally) and I hope he calms down and I HOPE HE STAYS.
    The changing room at NUFC have maintained solidity, unity and dignified silence throughout this difficult season and over this incident in particular and I APPLAUD THEM FOR IT.
    Chris Hughton has done remarkably well in difficult circumstances treading between the fans’ dislike of his bosses and picking up a fragmented and demoralised squad in his own quiet way. His silence has paid dividends in the transfer market and I’m glad to do without the soundbites in favour of results. I HOPE HE STAYS.

    If any of them want to go, they want to go, but how about a survey to see just who believes this crap and who wants Carroll, Taylor and Hughton to stay at the club.
    C’mon, Ed!

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